Dow announces results from 2023 Annual Stockholder Meeting
- Declares quarterly dividend of 70 cents per share
- Richard K. Davis re-elected independent lead director
MIDLAND, Mich., April 13, 2023 -- Dow (NYSE: DOW) is pleased to report the preliminary results of its 2023 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. Today stockholders elected Samuel R. Allen, Gaurdie E. Banister Jr., Wesley G. Bush, Richard K. Davis, Jerri DeVard, Debra L. Dial, Jeff M. Fettig, Jim Fitterling, Jacqueline C. Hinman, Luis Alberto Moreno, Jill S. Wyant, and Daniel W. Yohannes to the Company's Board of Directors for one-year terms.
Stockholders approved an advisory resolution on executive compensation and ratified the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP as Dow's independent auditor for 2023. A majority of votes cast by Dow stockholders were against the Stockholder Proposal for an Independent Board Chairman and against the Stockholder Proposal for a Single-Use Plastics Report.
The final voting results on all agenda items will be available in a Form 8-K to be filed by the Company, which can be found at investors.dow.com after certification by the Company's inspector of elections. The meeting will be available via webcast replay on Dow's website. Additionally, the Company expects to publish its annual INtersections report mid-year and will continue to include disclosures on our climate, circularity and other sustainability initiatives.
Following the Company's 2023 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, the Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of 70 cents per share, payable June 9, 2023, to shareholders of record on May 31, 2023. This marks the 447th consecutive dividend paid by the Company or its affiliates since 1912.
The Board also re-elected Richard K. Davis to serve as independent lead director for a one-year term. Mr. Davis joined Dow's board in May 2015 and has served as independent lead director since April 2021. Additionally, he has served as a member of the Company's corporate governance committee since April 2019 and as chair of the audit committee since April 2021.
Dow's board ranks in the top quartile for ethnic diversity among industry peers and nearly 60% of its directors are women or U.S. ethnic minorities – demonstrating the Company's commitment to diversity. The Company's Board of Directors is comprised of a strong balance of new and highly experienced directors, with an average tenure of approximately 5 years. All directors are all highly accomplished leaders and together bring a variety of relevant skills and diverse experiences, including capital allocation; financial acumen; risk management; technology expertise; operational experience; and environmental, social and governance expertise.
Biographies for all directors, committee assignments and other corporate governance information are available on our Corporate Governance website.
Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines global breadth; asset integration and scale; focused innovation and materials science expertise; leading business positions; and environmental, social and governance leadership to achieve profitable growth and help deliver a sustainable future. The Company's ambition is to become the most innovative, customer centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company in the world. Dow's portfolio of plastics, industrial intermediates, coatings and silicones businesses delivers a broad range of differentiated, science-based products and solutions for its customers in high-growth market segments, such as packaging, infrastructure, mobility and consumer applications. Dow operates manufacturing sites in 31 countries and employs approximately 37,800 people. Dow delivered sales of approximately $57 billion in 2022. References to Dow or the Company mean Dow Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information, please visit www.dow.com or follow @DowNewsroom on Twitter.
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